Discovered some great tunes you want to share with the world this summer? As certain parts of the world begin opening up and people can party together again, you might be on the hunt to upgrade your sound systems. 6AM scoured the internet to bring you some of the best options for party speakers. What’s best? No aux cord is necessary. Groove to your music through Bluetooth this summer in various environments and at various price points.
The criteria for what constitutes the top choice Bluetooth speakers include considering sound quality, price point, design, connectivity and customer/expert reviews. Check out 6AM’s top picks for some of the best party speakers for Summer 2021 including Bluetooth speakers. You’re covered anywhere you want to blare music this summer.
If you’re planning for beach or pool days this summer and want a Bluetooth speaker that can withstand a water splash or two, you’ll want to purchase a speaker that passes with at least an IPX7 waterproof rating.
Starting the list off for us is none other than one of the leading speaker brands JBL. The JBL Flip series is one of the most popular waterproof and portable speakers due to its durability, sound quality, and excellent connectivity. The latest edition is the fifth speaker in the JBL Flip line of products and boasts 12 hours of playing time. The Flip 5 is IPX7 waterproof up to three feet deep and can withstand up to 30 minutes underwater (though it’s not recommended to keep it submerged).
If you’re willing to spend a bit more on a Bluetooth speaker that has it all, then look no further than the Sonos Roam. A sleek design, impressive connectivity, high IR67 rating for both dust and water resistance, and ability for smart home controls make the Sonos Roam an excellent choice for any audiophile on the go. The Roam can provide a bass-heavy listening experience while outdoors and seamlessly switch to indoor mode for a more delicate sound experience. This speaker is great for anyone who wants clear and crisp sound quality whether at home, outdoors, or on the beach.
Boasting a whopping 13 hours of battery life, the UE Wonderboom 2 is a portable, lightweight, and compact option for listeners who want the most transportable option possible. Not only is the UE Wonderboom 2 water-resistant, but it actually floats and can withstand being completely submerged in water. This speaker is perfect for bringing those parties not to just TO the pool, but inside the pool as well.
The FUGOO Sport 2.0 promotes itself as the “loudest waterproof speakers.” With a sporty design and IP67 rating, the FUGOO Sport 2.0 can supposedly withstand water, snow, mud, and whatever other elements come its way, making this a great speaker for getting down ‘n dirty. Not to mention, this speaker comes at a surprisingly affordable price given all of the above.
The Anker Soundcore Flare is one of the better values for a waterproof speaker. The sound quality doesn’t rank quite as high as some of the above speakers on the list, but it’s also a bit cheaper so that is to be expected. The Soundcore Flare is also IPX7 waterproof and gives 12 hours of playing time. Made with pool parties in mind, one feature the Soundcore has that other waterproof speakers on this list don’t are built-in LED lights that phase, pulse, and glow with the rhythm of your music for a next-level listening experience.
At one of the cheapest price points available for a solid Bluetooth speaker, the Tribit XSound Go is one of the best bang for your buck portable and waterproof speakers around. While the Tribit XSound Go does not have the crispest sound quality at some of the higher-end frequencies as some of the other speakers, the sound quality and volume are still quite impressive given the low price point.
Like no other, the JBL Clip 3 is a unique ultra-portable, ultra-rugged, and waterproof Bluetooth speaker that is small in size but with surprisingly big sound. The design of the JBL Clip allows you to hook to the speaker to any portable bag you desire. The upgraded durable and fully integrated carabiner clips to your clothes, belt loop or backpack, making the Clip 3 your outdoor companion on every adventure. The Clip 3 is IPX7 waterproof and offers up to 10 hours of playtime, allowing you to bring your music with you anywhere this summer.
Perhaps the sleekest speaker design in the clip-on category, the Harman Kardon Neo is highly rated by consumers for the fact it still boasts excellent sound quality despite its miniature design. With up to 10 hours of playing time and an IPX7 rating, you can clip this compact little speaker to your backpack and go off on an adventure.
You won’t have to worry about running out of juice while taking this speaker on the go on a hike or anywhere else. The second generation of Bang & Olufsen’s Beosound A1 portable speaker extends the battery life from the first, clocking in at 18 hours playing time now. Even though it is lightweight and compact, the Beosound A1 still packs a punch with sound volume and quality. Audiophiles will appreciate that omnidirectional sound. Support for Amazon Alexa is also included in this speaker through its sophisticated microphones.
Yes, this is JBL’s third inclusion on this list… but that just goes to show they make several high-quality wireless speakers at fair price points to fit any occasion. To get any party bumpin’, just connect to the JBL PartyBox 300 and let it rattle your party-goers with 240W of power and dazzle them with a light show for up to 18 hours. While the PartyBox is Bluetooth-enable, it also features auxiliary plugs to hook up sound output from instruments or microphones as well. USB ports also mean you can play directly from a USB drive, as well as charge up other devices with the speaker. Perhaps one of the more entertaining features, the PartyBox can give a light show for every mood: Meter, Pulse and Party mode.
Both a wireless speaker and PA system, the Bose S1 Pro System is a popular mid-range choice for amplified sound via Bluetooth connection or plugged-in instruments. With portability in mind, this speaker features a lightweight handle so that it’s easy to move around. The battery on this speaker lasts up to 11 hours. The Bose S1 Pro System is a great choice if you anticipate needing to move your speaker to different gatherings frequently.
If you’re all about “go big or go home,” then the high-end Soundboks might be the speaker for you. The Soundboks is both a wireless speaker and PA system so you can hook up your mixer to DJ any party. With its versatility, the Soundboks can recreate the feeling of being at a concert reaching 126 dB of sound and up to 40 hours of playing. This is the speaker to have if you plan to throw your outdoor raves. Featuring a variety of inputs, this speaker can truly do it all — but it comes at a price.